from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy.
- n. The property of a material that enables it to resume its original shape or position after being bent, stretched, or compressed; elasticity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The mental ability to recover quickly from depression, illness or misfortune.
- n. The physical property of material that can resume its shape after being stretched or deformed; elasticity.
- n. The positive ability of a system or company to adapt itself to the consequences of a catastrophic failure caused by power outage, a fire, a bomb or similar (particularly IT systems, archives).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of springing back, rebounding, or resiling.
- n. The power or inherent property of returning to the form from which a substance is bent, stretched, compressed, or twisted; elasticity; springiness; -- of objects and substances.
- n. The power or ability to recover quickly from a setback, depression, illness, overwork or other adversity; buoyancy; elasticity; -- of people.
- n. The mechanical work required to strain an elastic body, as a deflected beam, stretched spring, etc., to the elastic limit; also, the work performed by the body in recovering from such strain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of resiling, leaping, or springing back; the act of rebounding.
- n. In machinery See the quotation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the physical property of a material that can return to its original shape or position after deformation that does not exceed its elastic limit
- n. an occurrence of rebounding or springing back
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